Digital human simulation helps manufacturer improve productivity and safety
Even in today’s age of automation, assembly of vehicles and other manufactured products still
requires significant manual work. Much about the production planning process can be improved, as
workers’ tasks are typically not visualised in 3D but described in text. Additionally,
validation for these tasks occurs on hardware prototypes. Simulation can make this experience
more efficient but generating a process simulation is time-consuming and requires tools for
As the production of cars, trucks, buses, etc. become increasingly more complex and
competitive, the need to maximize efficiency is paramount. At the same time manufacturing
companies are looking for new ways to design safe and ergonomic workplaces.
Reliance on physical testing and optimisation not only hinders productivity and inflates costs,
but often leaves manufacturers lacking confidence in their operational efficiency.
The ITEA project MOSIM created an open source framework for
digital human simulations that can simulate different manual assembly actions and scenarios
comprehensively. This dynamic simulation of humans in production – based on predefined motion
units with a standardized interface - has the ability to simulate assembly worker tasks in
minutes rather than weeks. From identifying ergonomic opportunities during the assembly process
to improving worker productivity, safety and training, MOSIM has enormous potential to impact
numerous stages of production.
Companies can improve production planning, increase worker productivity and safety, and reduce
risks and costs. The main benefits for the workers is that digital human modeling helps to
identify work-related risks in scenarios that are difficult to assess with traditional
approaches. The approach helps by eliminating working conditions that negatively impact safety
and worker well-being.
ITEA 3 project